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Pensioners at the Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefit Scheme KRSRBS can temporarily breathe a sigh of relief after they yesterday signed consents with Edermann properties limited to rubberstamp their commitment of settling their land dispute outside court.
According to sources who attended the meeting yesterday at Railways headquarters, top officials of KRSRBS agreed to withdraw a suit they had in court.
“We are very happy today that we have signed these consent documents and by the course of the week we will be presenting them in court for approval”, a source who attended the meeting intimated to Angaza News.
A few days ago, the two opted for arbitration as an alternative method to solve the dispute which has lasted in court for over 10 years.
The two, have been embroiled in a court battle since 2009 after Kenya Railways Corporation KRC and Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefit Scheme KRSRBS with each claiming ownership of parcels of land in Makongeni Estate, Nairobi Railways Club, Kindaruma road and Kenya Railways Golf Club.
“As EPL we felt we could be wrongly accused of contributing to the suffering of many pensioners yet our business in Kenya has been one to promote the lives of Kenyans as per our vision and mission, “a statement from Edermann read.
The property company also withdrew its claim of Sh 26 Billion which they were awarded by the court in 2009 after KRC failed to meet their end of bargain for the property.
” We are very happy and we feel relieved after a protracted court battle which has lasted in court for many years. We are looking forward for more fruitful deliberations,” said Head of planning Kenya Railways Corporation John Rajwayi.
Erdemann had gone to Court after Kenya Railways and Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefit Scheme KRC/KRSRBS started selling land that Erdemann had tendered and won and was ready to put in an investment of over KShs. 40Billion together with its partners.
In 2012, The High Court stopped the auctioning of property worth billions of shillings belonging to the Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) over a dispute with Ederman Properties Limited.
High Court Judge Alfred Mabeya suspended orders obtained by the private firm to attach Kenya Railways property over an alleged breach of contract.
The fate of a multibillion housing project in Athi-river in Machakos County now squarely lies in the hands of the National Enviromental Tribunal.
London Distillers Kenya Limited (LDK) is challenging the construction of the magnificent GreatWall Gardens housing project at the Tribunal in the ongoing hearing.
LDK has made an appeal challenging the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)’s license issuance to Erdemann Property Limited (EPL) in the Greatwall Gardens’ Phase 3 a Project inline with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 agenda.
LDK’s lawyer Makongonya Tiego during the hearing on Thursday had said that they were not ready to proceed and sought for adjournment.
“The Industry has filed an application before Judge Angote of ELC Machakos that is seeking to consolidate the matter at the tribunal with that before that judge,”said Tiego.
EPL’s lawyer Tom Ojienda opposed that application and said that there we no orders granted by ELC Machakos stopping the proceedings at the tribunal and the matter should proceed.
“EPL has suffered as a developer after the construction of its 3 rd phase was stopped by the tribunal which has led to loss of billions,” said Ojienda.
EPL is being represented by lawyers Tom Ojienda, Mr. Cyrus Maina and Mr. Wilfed Lusi.The tribunal allowed the matter to proceed where LDK presented Benjamin Langwen a former employee of NEMA who testified that EPL should have done a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report it had done for the GWG 3 Project.
“Failure to conduct the SEA for the developing Company was wrong and as such LDK sought to have the License revoked, “he added.
NEMA witness opposed those sentiments confirming that SEA is only conducted for high magnitude projects and should be recommended mostly for mixed development with approval of government as per the Environmental Management and Coordination Act Kenya 2015.
He distinguished that since EPL was putting up a residential project the SEA was not necessary.
The suit is set to proceed on 30th July, 2020 where EPL is expected to present its witnesses in defense to the Appeal.
The residents had complained that the distiller was emptying toxic waste water into the surroundings, leading to discomfort and diseases.
The distillery had written to Nema, arguing that Great Wall Gardens sits on an industrial zone and should, therefore, be brought down.
The estate was built long after the distillery and would typically have also been approved by the local authorities, meaning the claims that the area is gazetted as an industrial zone might not hold.
EPL managing director Zeyun Yang had said Parliament recently directed Nema to immediately grant him a license for the third phase worth Sh3.2 billion.
“I am wondering why LDK can’t adhere to Nema guidelines and directives issued to it by the Parliamentary Committee on Environment. This is too much. They are now discharging their affluent into our project site,” he said.
He wondered why Athi River residents must keep suffering due to pollution by LDK saying Erdemann has constructed over 4,600 housing units and handed over most of them to buyers.
EPL has incurred losses of over Ksh 1 billion since the construction of its phase 3 project was closed.
Residents of Mwala town in Machakos County happy after electricity was restored in the region. The local businesses and households have been without power for more than a week since the only transformer serving the town blew and malfunctioned.
Courtesy of the intervention of the Mwala Makutano Member of County Assembly, Hon. Brian Kisila two new power generators were installed on Tuesday 9th May, 2020.
The KPLC staff also made a spot check on all faulty connections in the town whose business community had really suffered due to constant power outages which has greatly affected the development and reliability of the town.
“On Tuesday together with KPLC team we managed to replace the transformer which was faulty in Mwala town with a brand new one and also added an additional one near Mwala Posta so that the other one is not overloaded”, Hon. Kisila said.
He added, “We also cleared all the trees which were obstructing the lines and causing transformers blow. My plan is to improve the infrastructure of this town so that it can start competing with other towns like Masii and Matuu.”
Hon. Kisila has been credited with massive development in Mwala Sub County surpassing his predecessors in just two years that he has been in office.
Hon. Kisila who is also the Minority Leader in Machakos County Assembly is also credited with restoring hope in the area which had seen great neglect from successive office bearers in the past.
Angaza news exclusively reveal the world governing body warned FKF against attending the meeting convened by a local court
It has now emerged world football governing body Fifa may have advised the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) against attending a consultative meeting organised by the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT), to discuss proposals on the way forward regarding the federation’s elections.
Angaza news has reliably learnt Fifa is closely monitoring the FKF elections situation and has assigned a full-time governance officer to continuously assess and monitor the situation, with a view of having the federation hold the exercise as soon as normalcy resumes in the country amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Angaza News can also report that Fifa is keen to spearhead any discussions on how the elections will be held.
On Tuesday, the FKF turned down a request by the SDT to attend a virtual roundtable discussion for all stakeholders to discuss and formulate mechanisms for creating a roadmap in view of the urgent need for the FKF to hold elections.
The problem with predicting coronavirus apocalypse in Africa
Claims that Africa will be hit the worst by the pandemic ignore African epidemiological know-how and action.
In an April 10 interview with CNN, American philanthropist Melinda Gates expressed her belief that the coronavirus pandemic will have the worst impact in the developing world. She said she foresees bodies lying around in the street of African countries.
A day later, it was announced that the United States, where Gates is from, had surpassed Italy in terms of the number of dead from COVID-19.
It is quite surprising to see that although there have been shocking reports of hospitals overwhelmed with patients and dead bodies left to decompose in homes and in the streets of the US and in other Western countries, the billionaire philanthropist and others like her still choose to talk about dead bodies in Africa.
The government has now declared a cessation of movement in Nairobi’s Eastleigh and Old Town area of Mombasa for the next 15 days, following increased cases of COVID-19 since last week.
“There will no movement into and out of Eastleigh and Old Town in Mombasa from 7pm today,” Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said in his briefing on Wednesday when he announced 47 new positive cases, raising the total infections in the country to 582.
Of the new cases, 32 were from Mombasa and 11 in Nairobi.
“I warned you that cases are increasing and you can see we have more cases,” he said.
Residents of Mathare on Monday ‘detained’ the body of a man they accuse a policeman of beating for being outdoors during the curfew.
The residents alleged the man was badly beaten and abandoned and later succumbed to injuries.
The group of about 500 residents held protests on the street and refused to let police collect the body.
They instead wrapped the body in a white sheet and ferried it in a cart from Mathare to Muthaiga police station to demand justice.
The man was killed at Phase 4 area on Sunday night, while police conducted patrols in the area, eyewitnesses said.
The veteran striker reveals the Brewers were better placed to win because they were topping the table at the end of the first round
Kenyan international Dennis Oliech believes Tusker deserved to be crowned the champions for the 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) moved to end the campaign.
Though Oliech, who won the league title with K’Ogalo last season, is not supporting the decision to end the league, the veteran striker has explained why Tusker deserved the crown ahead of his former side.
“According to me, Tusker would have bagged the title if the mid-season table were to be used though they had played 16 matches while Gor Mahia had played 13,” Oliech is quoted by AngazaSports.
It has now emerged that a local leader colluded with Police in arresting a woman and her one month old baby who were forcefully quarantined by the police at Kisoko Girls High School.
It took the intervention of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Kenyans on social media to secure her release.
Nambale area MCA Mwajuma Toloi is now a person of interest after being accused of using the police and County Askaris to harass the small scale traders commonly known as the “jua kalis”, in the guise of fighting Covid-19.
Lieutenant General Robert Kariuki Kibochi is the current Vice Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces following his elevation and appointment on July 13, 2018.
Lt. Gen R K Kibochi was enlisted into the Kenya Defence Forces on May 18, 1979 and underwent Officer Cadets Training until March 30, 1980 and commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant and posted to Signals Battalion.
He has held various command and staff appointments including his immediate former appointment as Commander of the Kenya Army, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Plans, Doctrine and Training at Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Chief of Strategic Plans and Policy, Director International Peace Support Training Centre, Col. Operations Requirements (CIS) and Commander Corps of Signals.
Other appointments held include: Chief of Staff at the Eastern Africa Standby Force, SO1 Records at Headquarter Kenya Army (HQ KA), SO1 Comms HQ KA, SO1 Mobilization DHQ, SO1 Comms CIS DHQ and SOII Operations and Training at the HQ of the Corps of Signals.
Lt. Gen. Kibochi has earned Master’s Degree of Arts in International Studies, Master’s Degree in Computer Based Information Systems, Bachelors of Technology in Communication and Electronics Engineering, and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Peace and Conflict Management.
His other professional training include: National Security Studies at the National Defence College (Kenya), Army Command and Staff Course (UK), Overseas Telecoms Engineering Course (UK), Signal Officers Degree Telecommunications Engineering Course (India), Sub-Unit Commanders Course, Platoon Commanders Course, Regimental Signal Officers Course among other training courses.
He served with the United Nations as Commander of Kenyan Contingent in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) from 2000 – 2001; while his decorations include Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart (MGH) and Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), among others.
Lt. Gen Kibochi was born in Nakuru on August 15, 1959. He is married to Tabitha and blessed with four daughters and a grandson.